Just 2 1/2 months after taking office, Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman is following the footsteps of her predecessor, Sam Reed, in fighting against a proposed fund reduction for the library’s operations.
In the Republican-led budget that is headed to the House after the Senate passed it Friday, general-fund money is stripped from the library, which was relocated from the Capitol a decade ago and is housed in Tumwater. Not only does the fund source change, the library’s budget is cut by $632,000 and the money earmarked for the library might not be enough to run it.
“Clearly we have a lot of work to do,” Wyman said in an interview. “But these are issues that have not gone away.”
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